Indecisive eaters beware — an upcoming festival on the Greenway is bringing out a slew of cuisine, desserts, and snacks ranging from barbecue to bubble tea and wings to whoopie pies. On Saturday, 22 food trucks will congregate on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for the Boston Food Truck Festival, an afternoon filled with a variety of eats.
The considerable number of trucks billed for the event demonstrates a contrast in the food truck landscape from just less than ten years ago, when Mayor Menino and the city of Boston launched a program to invigorate the street food scene. As one of those early trucks and a competitor in Mayor Menino’s 2011 Food Truck Challenge, Bon Me has had a front-row seat to the scene’s evolution.
“There was this perception that other cities were doing a really good job with getting new, interesting food trucks that had more freshly-cooked food, and Boston didn’t have that yet. So they were looking for some innovation there,” Bon Me’s Vice President of Community Rebecca Simonson said of the competition. The truck set up shop in 2011, and was one of three winners. “Things have really evolved since back then. Now there are so many different food trucks that are doing really amazing things. You have such a diversity in the people running the trucks, the food that they’re serving.”
In addition to Bon Me’s Asian-inspired noodle salads, rice bowls, and sandwiches, the lineup includes other local favorites such as Frozen Hoagies, Moyzilla, and the Cookie Monstah.
Hosted by New England Open Markets, the event will also include a beer and wine garden, local artisan market, live music, and kid-friendly activities.
New England Open Markets got its start in 2003, per the organization’s website, when its founder Chris Masci was fresh off a move from New York and missed the city’s open-air markets. What originally started with the launch of the now-defunct South End Open Market has since expanded to include many of the other open markets you’re probably familiar with around Greater Boston, including Central Flea and the Greenway Open Market, as well as events from Salem to the South Shore. New England Open Markets provides more than 400 small businesses with a venue every weekend.
You can find the event stationed along the Greenway’s Wharf District Parks. Check out the full list of participating food trucks below:
Chicken and Rice Guys
The Cookie Monstah
Eloti Mexican Street Corn
Mediterranean Home Cooking
Pollard’s Texas Que
Pomaire Food Truck
Street 55 Boston
The Whoopie Wagon
Zaaki Food Truck
This list of participating food trucks was updated on Oct. 3.